David Bowie passed away earlier this year, leaving behind family, friends and fans. But that’s not all. There are also never-before-seen photos of the late musician that were left behind, too.
From now until the middle of March, the Markowicz Gallery in the Design District will be home to “David Bowie: Unseen” by Markus Klinko, and Deco was there for the exhibit’s opening night bash.
The fashion photographer worked with Bowie’s wife, supermodel Iman, and that was how the two met. They formed a friendship. Klinko was shooting the cover for Iman’s book I Am Iman, and Bowie tagged along to the photo shoot in 2001. As Bowie watched Klinko edit the images for the book cover, he casually mentioned he was working on a new album and that he might want Klinko to shoot its cover. “I was like, ‘Wow, that’s really cool,’ but many people say things in my business, and I really didn’t get my hopes up too much.”
Klinko’s studio was located less than a mile from the World Trade Center in New York, and after the September 11, 2001 terror attacks, the proposed photo session slipped far from his mind. Three weeks later, Bowie called him and invited him to his recording studio.
Excited by the opportunity, Klinko went. He remembers Bowie sitting by the window, smoking cigarettes while his longtime record producer, Tony Visconti, played him the rough mixes of Heathen.
“This was one of the really, really good moments of my career, sitting there listening to some unreleased Bowie music,” Klinko recalls. The two scheduled a photo shoot the next day.
If you want a piece of David Bowie history, you can purchase them at the gallery. Prices range from $4,000 to just over $12,000.
Markus Klinko: “Working with David Bowie was definitely one of the best professional experiences of my life.”